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Behind the Wheel, Under the Hood

Brakes: What's all that squeaking?

March 29, 2010
I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to drive all sorts of makes and models of vehicles. And I will tell you this: They all drive differently, they all feel different and they all brake differently. It is important to know this! Because when it comes to checking your brakes, each vehicle will vary, as will each driver. Here’s some answers to common questions I often hear about brakes: What are soft brakes? Soft brakes are when you push down on the pedal, it’s a soft & spongy feeling. This feeling may indicate a leak of brake fluid, a bad master cylinder or air in your brake system. If you start to feel a soft brake, you should get it checked out. What are hard brakes? Hard brakes are when you push down on the pedal, and it’s very difficult and hard to force. This is a more severe situation because it could indicate a blockage of fluid thru the system and allow the brakes to grab, and you need to get them looked at immediately. What purpose do brake pads serve? Brake pads have special wear indicators, which detect when the pads are getting worn down. You will hear a constant “squeak” until the brakes are applied. Why are my brakes so squeaky when it rains? After it rains, your brakes may squeak because of rusting. No worries, it should go away with use. And in the morning, your brakes may sound a bit squeaky because moisture may have built up on the pads. If you give it some time, the noise will go away. So tell me … have you had your brakes repaired in the past? Did a noise or the way they felt prompt you to bring them in for repair? IMG_0785-645x483